Prison Break Actor Wentworth Miller Declines Russian Film Festival Invitation, Comes Out as Gay

Prison Break Actor Wentworth Miller
Photo Source: GLAAD
After receiving an invitation to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, well known Prison Break star and screen writer Wentworth Miller declined citing Russia’s anti-LGBT laws as the reason. In a public and open letter to the festival explaining his reasoning, he additionally came out as a gay man. He said:

August 21, 2013 

Re: St. Petersburg International Film Festival / “Guest of Honor” Invitation 

Dear Ms. Averbakh: 

Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. 

However, as a gay man, I must decline. 

I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly. 

Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice. 

Until then. 

Wentworth Miller 

Member, HRC 

Member, GLAAD 

Member, The ManKind Project

In their commentary on the letter, GLAAD said:

“Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. ” As people from across the globe continue to speak out against Russia’s horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia’s anti-LGBT law.”

About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he’s combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he’s completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

You can find Tim elsewhere online at his personal website. You can also find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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